Family 411: Coping with daycare drop-off


Dropping off a child at day care is not always easy on moms and dads.

Mom Allie Depoy says she starts preparing two-year-old Aurelia for drop-off even before they arrive at the center.

The toddler hasn't developed a sense of time.

Depoy says her best recommendation is to be consistent.

"She doesn't understand mommy with be back in eight hours."

Depoy says she never leaves without saying goodbye.

"Are you ready to go with Miss Juliette? I will see you this afternoon. I love you."

Experts say kids pick up on your mood, so try not to let your baby know if you are sad.

"It is hard, there can be tears. I don't just mean her."

Juliet Blackenberry is a child care center director with 24 years of experience. She says the shorter the transition, the better for the child.

"We have rules. And we just get them used to a certain routine. And that is what they need. They need routine in their lives."

Father Mike Plakosh says his son's drop-off at day care was really tough on everybody the first couple months.

"It makes your heart drop as a parent. You really don't want to see your child unhappy, it kind of pulls at your heart strings."

Following the hand-off to his teacher, no more than two minutes after Mike left for work, little Peyton was engaged in play.

"He is good now. He still gets a little uneasy when we drop him off. It is a little bit difficult, but I think the key is, comfort item, Skye, and the hand-off to the teacher really helps."

Parents say that teachers who can find ways to calm a toddler and keep them learning are a gift.

"You get them in here, you get them used to the drop-off and it is just going to help them in the future," said Blackenberry. "It is going to prepare them for school."

"I think being here allows him to assimilate to a system and develop the social skills that he will need later in life," said Mike.

Blackenberry says communicate with the teachers.

Ask your care provider to call or text later in the day to reassure mom or dad the child is doing alright.

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